This week I went to the mountain with the Lusk Family in Rigby, Idaho to find a Christmas tree.

Of course, I had my camera with me and was ready to take the first few portraits of the snow season. I was walking down this trail on the mountain and I saw a sunbeam peek through the pine trees and create this beautiful pattern of light to beautifully lit up the scene. Almost immediately I had Hannah Lusk, the youngest daughter of the family stand in the right position I that I can get a few shot of her.

With the large aperture of the Canon 50mm f/1.8, the bokeh sunlight on the pine trees make Hannah’s portrait look magical.

But it wasn’t magical enough for me right out of camera.

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Hannah’s portrait right out of the camera.

In post production, with Adobe Photoshop, I decided to add snow and retouch the image a little bit. Here’s the final result:

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Adding snow really help add emotion to the portrait.

 Take a look again at the before and after to see the magic happens

 

 

To learn how to add snow in Photoshop, check out this tutorial by Phlearn